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Go West

When running a drinks magazine, along with being sent myriad press releases, you also get invited to a growing number of product launches, tastings and industry events. The most recent invitation came from High West Distillery’s UK PR agency who had organised a product launch that we were invited to. Unfortunately, we didn’t think we […]

Storm clouds brewing over migrants

Earlier today, Monday 4 December, Home Secretary James Cleverly announced measures to try to limit legal migration into the UK. His proposals, which are unlikely to be welcomed by many sectors of the economy, include increasing the minimum salary of those seeking entry to our labour market to just under £38,000. This is very likely […]

Mixed response to Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement, issued on 22 November by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, received a mixed response from the leisure and hospitality sector. As both statements show, the Chancellor could have done much more to support both drinks producers, hit by recent increases in duty paid on alcohol, and the licensed trade, which is losing […]

Buxton Brewery’s boost

Buxton Brewery has announced the appointment of three key executives who will lead the business and play a pivotal role in delivering ambitious plans for this successful independent brewery. Rob Topham joined the company in August as technical director; he will oversee production at the brewery’s Staden Lane brewing facility in Buxton, Derbyshire. With an […]

Inflation rate down

Commenting the recent fall in the UK’s inflation rate, Ed Bignold, head of travel, hospitality and leisure at UK-based management consultants, Alvarez & Marsal, said: “Data from the ONS shows that inflation is finally heading in the right direction in the restaurant and hotel sector, with inflation down to 7.6% in October from 8.6% in […]

Time to chill

Enviro-Cool, an innovative refrigeration technology company, has launched V-Tex, a game-changing technology that chills cans and bottles on demand.  Since launching in 2000 it has been Enviro-Cool’s mission to develop technology and products that rapidly chill beverages at the point of sale or consumption. Based in Wapping, East London, the British company has patented technology […]

Collaboration is key

Tomasz Lenartowicz, a director at Collective Motion Brewing, explains how brewers can collaborate to serve the collective cause in addressing climate change. The company launched in 2022 to support brewers in the design, development, management and maintenance of their breweries and equipment. Following a summer in which record temperatures across Europe have focused minds on […]

Cask ale in demand

Demand for cask ales from Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery has almost returned to pre-Covid levels, with a number of new pub operators taking its established cask brands and latest additions. Owners of the brewery estimate that they will be supplying 250 more on-trade outlets by the summer, compared to the same period last year. Hogs […]

Media partnership confirmed

Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine has renewed its partnership with Beverage Trade Network to help promote and support the London Wine, London Spirits and London Beer competitions during 2023. We will continue to work to promote and support the three UK-based international events, which recognise, reward and help promote drinks brands that have successfully been created […]